Every writer knows the value of feedback. It’s one of the reasons why they join writing groups. Some groups are more helpful than others. Giving constructive feedback is a skill and, just like writing, needs practice, but so too does receiving it. Egos can get in the way.
Writing a novel is a totally engrossing occupation. For the last year, ‘Blood Hits the Wall’ has been my obsession. As we writers know, writing is far more than sitting at the PC and getting the words up on the screen. It becomes something that occupies the greater part of your day. The characters and the scenes constantly play out in your mind even when you are busy doing something else entirely.
Rewriting is a lengthy process. Once the first draft is complete and the numerous rewrites analysing plot, characters and pace have begun, your head starts spinning as you rework sections in your mind. You reach a point when you’re not sure if that great extra clue or nuance is still in your head or if you have already altered the manuscript itself. Whole scenes get moved around to provide a more logical unfolding of the story line. This means a careful check that it does not result in references to events that haven’t happened yet because you’ve moved them later.
Every writer needs feedback. Where do you get yours?
New writers are always urged to join a writing group. The opportunity to discuss the writing process and share your work with likeminded others can be rewarding. Their main value is helping the writer to keep at it. Regular meetings mean you must come up with something. Fellow members are probably your first readers. They offer encouragement and advice. Or do they? Continue reading